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The culture of hyperbole

By now you’ve heard about the tarmac confrontation between President Obama and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (who sounds like she’s spent one too many nights at Johnny’s Hideaway).

Brewer said Obama was “uh, a little tense”. She said she tried to show respect but that Obama acted “thin-skinned”, and complained about how she described their earlier meeting, in which Brewer made clear how little time she was given to speak, and how Obama condescendingly lectured her about immigration reform, and did not want to hear about border violence and the costs of illegal aliens to Arizona.

(Really well-written paragraph there.)

Brewer even told some reporters she felt “a little threatened,” red meat for right-wing harpies like Michelle Malkin, defender of Japanese internment.

So, it turns out that the cool cat billed as “No Drama Obama” by his sycophants is actually quite the drama queen. While the White House publicly pretends to ignore conservative detractors of his administration, Chief Touchy-Touchy seems to be personally consumed by our critiques. Yes, mine included.

On Wednesday, the president had himself a mini-”Toddlers and Tiaras”-style meltdown with Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer after landing in Phoenix for a post-State of the Union dog-and-pony show.

Then there’s reality.

Out of the three officials who met President Obama on an airport tarmac near Phoenix earlier this week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is now the only one who has characterized the president as anything other than cordial.

One of the other officials is a Republican.

The other politician on hand to greet the president, Republican Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz., told TPM on Thursday that the discussion between the president and governor was an “awkward moment” but little more than that.

Awkward when Gov. Cougar was pointing her finger in the president’s face, no doubt. Imagine how the right would’ve reacted had Pat Schroeder wagged her finger at Reagan.

Same script, different villain.

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